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The 2017 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference will be June 14-15 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque. This premier conference will focus on nutrition and management to improve cow performance, foot health and overall cow health, in addition to other topics.

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Dairy Iowa members and friends will meet on June 8 at the Heartland Agribition Center located at 2600 Swan lake Blvd. in Independence, Iowa. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and The new Dairy Iowa Chairman Kurt Wierda will made welcoming comments and introductions at 10 a.m.

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When we think of temperature stress on calves, the common concern is cold, but as temperatures are moving to the 900F mark this week, producers need to remember soaring summer temperatures, hot sun, and high humidity can cause heat stress in calves and heifers just as in the milking herd. Reduced feed intake and increased maintenance energy needs coupled with lowered immunity can lead to poor growth, higher susceptibility to disease, and in extreme cases death.

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  • Judging Teams Learn Life Skills Plus Have Fun
    It was mid-March many years ago that my Dad loaded his nine-year-old son up on a Sunday afternoon and they went down to the Telleen’s dairy to judge Brown Swiss cows. It was my first judging workout and it set the stage for what soon became the most exciting thing in that nine-year-old dairy kid’s […]
  • 5.3 Percent Of All Food Sold In USA Is Organic
    Increased consumer demand, drove sales of organic food and non-food products, shattering records and gaining new market share in 2016 ringing up $47 billion in U.S. sales, according to the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) Annual Organic Industry Survey. Of the $47 billion in total organic sales, $43 billion were organic food sales, up 8.4 percent […]
  • Weekly Hay Auction Report
    Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Jul 20, 2017 Receipts:  118 loads    Last Week:  101 loads    Last Year:  94 loads Compared to last week:   Alfalfa sold steady to 5.00 higher, grass steady on a lower quality offering.  This was the first large offering of new crop straw. Alfalfa:  Premium:  Large Rounds and Squares, 12 loads […]
  • Farm Lending Conditions Update
    Nebraska Extension Educator Robert Tigner added a new post to his blog that updates current ag lending conditions across 6 Federal Reserve districts. The commercial banks report increased lending demand for 2017 Q2 compared to 1 year ago. Although year over year loan demand is decreasing in total repayment rates show that ag borrowers are struggling […]
  • Dairy Heifer Feed Cost Worksheets Available
    To help better monitor the feed costs associated with raising dairy replacements, University of Wisconsin Extension Dairy Management Specialist Bruce Jones and Dairy Heifer Management Specialist Matt Akins have updated Dairy Heifer Feed Cost Budget worksheet to assist farmers and managers in estimating feed costs of replacement dairy heifers.
  • Iowa June Milk Production Up Two Percent Over June 2016
    Milk production in Iowa during June 2017 totaled 426 million pounds, up two percent from the previous June according to the July 20 USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report. The average number of milk cows during June, at 217,000 head, was the same as last month and 4,000 more than last year. […]
  • Thoughts For A First Time Showman
    Many years ago I spotted a poem under the lid of Melvin Scholl’s showbox. Melvin was one of the top fitters in his day and worked for the top herds like Curtis Candy, Maytag and Pabst. He was a great mentor and eventually he gave me a copy of that poem. Over the years I […]
  • Weekly Hay Auction Report
    Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Jul 13, 2017 Receipts:  101 loads    Last Week:  54 loads    Last Year:  94 loads Compared to last week:   Alfalfa sold steady to 10.00 higher, grass hay steady to firm.  Alfalfa quality varied throughtout the sale.  Straw was all new crop and met with good demand.  All sales FOB Rock […]
  • Weekly Hay Auction Report
    Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Jul 06, 2017 Receipts:  54 loads    Last Week:  106 loads    Last Year:  56 loads Compared to last week:   Alfalfa hay mostly 5.00 higher, grass hay 10.00 higher.  Lighter offerings due to the 4th of July Holiday, with attractive quality available. Alfalfa:  Premium:  Large Squares, 3 loads 120.00-127.50; Large Rounds, […]
  • Iowa Alfalfa Acres Up In 2017
    The USDA acreage report released June 29 indicated producers intend to harvest 53.5 million acres of all hay in 2017, up less than 1 percent from 2016. The expected harvested area of alfalfa and alfalfa mixtures, at 17.1 million acres, is up 1 percent from 2016. All other types of hay harvested are expected to […]

Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Apr 27, 2017

Receipts:  82 loads    Last Week:  71 loads    Last Year:  49 loads

Alfalfa:  Good:  Large Squares, 6 loads 95.00-110.00; Large Rounds, 1 load 102.50. Fair:   Large Squares, 4 loads 75.00-87.50; Large Rounds, 22 loads 67.50-87.50.

Grass:  Premium:  Large Rounds, 2 loads 112.50-115.00.  Good:  Large Squares, 1 load 90.00; Large Rounds, 6 loads 80.00-102.50; Small Squares, 3 loads 90.00-97.50.  Fair:  Large Rounds, 24 loads 67.50-77.50; Small Squares, 108 bales at 2.50 per bale. Utility:  Large Rounds, 1 load 47.50.

Alfalfa/Grass Mix:  Good:  Large Squares, 1 load 107.50.  Fair:  Large Squares, 3 loads 82.50-85.00; Large Rounds, 1 load 87.50.

Straw:  Large Squares, 1 load 70.00.  Large Rounds, 1 load 72.50.

Cornstalks:  Large Squares, 1 load 30.00.  Large Rounds, 3 loads 32.50-40.00.

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While horn flies and face flies are most commonly found on cattle in pastures, stable flies and house flies are more commonly found on cattle at the dairy. House flies are a nuisance for workers and cattle, often indicating a general sanitation problem. Stable flies, deer flies and horse flies, feed on blood from the back and legs, with stable flies having a long, bayonet-like proboscis that causes a painful sting.

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The Sioux County Dairy Board has scholarships available for high school seniors and college students. The deadline for both scholarships is May 1, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact siouxcountydairy@gmail.com.

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